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LaVar Arrington
Position(s)
Linebacker
Jersey #(s)
11, 55, 56
Born June 20, 1978 (1978-06-20) (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Year(s) 20002006
NFL Draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College Penn State
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 415
Sacks 23.5
Interceptions 3
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

LaVar RaShad Arrington (born June 20, 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins second overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

A two-time All-American at Penn State, Arrington played six seasons for the Redskins and one season for the New York Giants. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Early years

As a senior linebacker and running back at North Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh Arrington was named the 1996 Parade National Player of the Year, the Bobby Dodd National Offensive Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Pennsylvania Player of the Year. He was only the second player in Pennsylvania Class 4-A history to rush for more than 4,000 career yards, with 4,357 on 711 carries (6.1-yard avg.) and 72 touchdowns. He played in the 1997 Big 33 Football Classic, the annual game between Pennsylvania and Ohio's best high school football players.[1]

Arrington was also a tremendous athlete in basketball and track and field. He was recruited to play basketball by Georgetown, Massachusetts and North Carolina.[2]

College career

Arrington's college football career at Penn State earned him numerous awards. He was an All Big-Ten selection, twice a first team All-American, and he won the 1999 Chuck Bednarik, the Dick Butkus and the Lambert Award awards for his defensive prowess. Among his many outstanding plays, he is most famous for a spectacular play that has come to be known as "The LaVar Leap". During a game against Illinois, Arrington anticipated the snap on a fourth-and-short play, leaping over the offensive line and tackling the runner in the backfield.

Highlight reel plays such as these, along with Arrington's appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 1999 College Football Preview Issue led many to mention him as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.[3] Arrington finished ninth in the Heisman balloting that year. He left Penn State after his junior season to enter the NFL draft.

Professional career

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Washington Redskins

Arrington was drafted as the second pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins behind Penn State teammate Courtney Brown, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Penn State is one of only two schools to ever have teammates go 1-2 overall in the NFL draft. The other is the University of Nebraska in the 1984 NFL Draft.

After four seasons with the Redskins, Arrington signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with his club. However, his agent Carl Poston was accused of neglecting to inspect the final revision of the contract, in which $6.5 million worth of bonuses contained in earlier drafts were missing. The ensuing battle over the mishandling of his contract, along with a tempestuous final two seasons in which he suffered from knee injuries and was benched by head coach Joe Gibbs and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for freelancing, created a rift between Arrington and the team. In March 2006, Arrington paid the Redskins $4.4 million to buy his free agency.[4] Carl Poston was given a two-year suspension by the players' union over the mishandling of Arrington's contract.[5] The action taken against Poston by the NFLPA was not supported by Arrington.[4]

New York Giants

In April, 2006, Arrington agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract with the New York Giants. He suffered an injury in week 7 against the Cowboys and missed the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. On February 12, 2007, he was released by the New York Giants.[6]

Retirement

Initially Arrington's agent Kevin Poston insisted his client intended to play during the 2007 NFL season, saying "things could change at some point, but as of this moment LaVar is focused on playing."[citation needed] On April 18, 2007, The Washington Post article by Jason LaCanfora reported that Arrington was rumored to be leaning strongly towards retirement. Arrington's serious motorcycle accident in June 2007, seemed to remove any doubt. A September 23, 2007, New York Daily News article confirmed his retirement.[7]

As of September 19, 2008, Arrington appeared on Washington Post Live, a local newspaper television program in the D.C. area, and was told many emails were being sent to them each week asking if Arrington had thought about returning to the Redskins. When asked he mentioned at times he does get the urge to play again since he is only 30 years old. He also indicated he has not retired officially since he never filed retirement papers to the NFL.

Career statistics

Year Team G Tackles Sacks INTs INTTDs FFums DefTDs PD
2000 Washington 16 55 4.0 0 0 0 0 4
2001 Washington 14 99 0.5 3 1 0 1 9
2002 Washington 16 95 11 0 0 4 1 8
2003 Washington 16 90 6 0 0 6 0 11
2004 Washington 4 15 1 0 0 0 0 2
2005 Washington 12 47 0 1 0 0 0 1
2006 NY Giants 6 14 1 0 0 0 0 3
Totals 84 415 23.5 4 1 10 2 38

After football

Broadcasting career

Arrington debuted on Comcast SportsNet's September 23, 2007, pregame and postgame show, before the Redskins' week 3 loss to the Giants. He became a permanent member of the Comcast team on October 14 for the Green Bay Packers game.

He returned to Comcast SportsNet's on-air lineup for week 3 of the 2008 NFL season, appearing on the pregame and postgame shows, and on Washington Post Live. Comcast will also feature a segment entitled “Life on the Sidelines with LaVar Arrington” during its Redskins Kickoff program on game days.[8]

Arrington now does a talk show in Washington, DC with DJ Chad Dukes, titled "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes." The inaugural show aired on 7/20/09 on 106.7 The Fan, which was previously known as 106.7 WJFK. "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" airs 2-6 pm Mon-Fri, on 106.7 FM, in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Sports Management

Arrington formed a sport management firm, Leap Management, LLC., in 2008. The firm's first clients were 2009 NFL Draft prospects Aaron Maybin, Derrick Williams, Josh Gaines, and Tyrell Sales.[9]

Personal

Arrington lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with his wife Trishia. The couple has three children: daughter Marlee, born in December 2005, and twins, LaVar and Laila, born May 2007.[10]

Arrington was named in honor of LeVar Burton, following his portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television miniseries Roots. He has an older brother, Michael, who played basketball at Slippery Rock University and a younger brother, Eric. His father, Michael, is an ordained minister retired from the military while his mother, Carolyn, is a special education teacher in the Pittsburgh public school system.[2]

Arrington's 7,500-square-foot (700 m2) restaurant, The Sideline, in Landover, Maryland opened on January 30, 2008.[11] On December 22, 2007, Arrington previewed the restaurant for 1,000 underprivileged children, who were treated to a holiday meal and donated toys. The event was the inaugural event of the Grand Destiny Foundation, a charity founded by Arrington with fellow NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.[12] In March 2009, one man was killed and six other people were injured after an argument ended in a burst of gunfire just outside the main entrance to the restaurant, which went bankrupt and closed in December 2009.[13]

Arrington appeared in several televisions commercials for Eastern Motors with fellow athletes Carmelo Anthony, Clinton Portis, the late Sean Taylor, and Antawn Jamison.[14] He also appeared on a 2002 episode of the TLC program While You Were Out, where he helped redesign a room for his brother, Michael. Arrington was also a judge in ESPN's Dream Job.

Motorcycle accident

On June 18, 2007, Arrington was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in suburban Maryland. He was on the Route 50 offramp to the Capital Beltway. Arrington was rushed to Prince George's Medical Center, where he was in serious but stable condition.[15] Arrington sustained a broken right forearm, broken lower vertebrae, and deep cuts to his leg.

Arrington was issued two citations, one for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, the other for operating a vehicle without a class license that contributed to a crash.

References

  1. ^ "NFL Alumni". Big33 website. http://www.big33.org/nflalumni.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.psu.edu/sports/football/profiles/arrington.html
  3. ^ Ambrogi, Mark (1999-10-20). "Big Ten weaklings fighting back". CNN Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/news/1999/10/20/bigten_insider. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  4. ^ a b "NFLPA suspends agent Poston for two years". The Associated Press. 2006-07-28. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2530936. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ Mullen, Liz (2006-07-27). "NFLPA Suspends Carl Poston, Files New Disciplinary Complaint". SportsBusiness Journal. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/104555. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  6. ^ Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  7. ^ LaVar Arrington gives first interview since near-fatal crash
  8. ^ Plumb, Tierney (2008-09-19). "Former Washington Redskins find new positions". Washington Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2008/09/15/daily81.html. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Leap Management Clients". Leap Management, LLC.. http://web.me.com/redswirl/Leap/Clients.html. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  10. ^ Elfin, David (2007-09-24). "LaVar does guest shot at old digs". The Washington Times. http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070924/SPORTS01/109240071/1005/SPORTS. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Lavar Arrington’s Sideline Sports Bar - Finally Open in Largo, Md. at The Blvd.". PG Chic (Prince George's County,MD). 2008-02-02. http://www.pgchic.com/2008/02/02/lavar-arringtons-sideline-sports-bar-finally-open-in-largo-md-at-the-blvd/. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  12. ^ "Lavar Arrington Kicks Off the Launch of Grand Destiny Foundation With a Holiday Toy Giveaway at His New Restaurant The Sideline". United Business Media. 2007-12-21. http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1990/04/04-20-90 cm/04-20-90 cm-2.asp. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Arrington's restaurant Sideline sidelined for good". The Washington Post. 2009-12-26. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/bal-md.arrington26dec26,0,3585261.story. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Redskins Surprisingly Effective Car Salesmen". Deadspin (Gawker Media). 2006-01-09. http://deadspin.com/sports/nfl/redskins-surprisingly-effective-car-salesmen-147412.php. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Arrington Staying In Hospital After Motorcycle Crash". WUSA (TV), Washington, DC. 2007-06-18. http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=59841. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Claiborne
Butkus Award Winner
1999
Succeeded by
Dan Morgan

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